Posts tagged "all wheel drive"

2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 - Bella Jeep After the Honeymoon - Review, Video

Jeep brings back the Cherokee moniker for 2014 with this all new compact sports activity vehicle.<br> <br> Base Cherokee Sport models, starting at $23,000, offer plenty of style and versatility. Adding 4x4, mid-level Latitude trim, auto climate control including heated seats, power driver's, and an  8.5" center LCD infotainment display prices the new Cherokee at $29,985.<br>
For 2013 a Year of Italian Culture was celebrated in the United States.  In case you missed them, festivities included performing and visual art events.  The gang at Fabbrici Italiano Automobilli Torino, led by bespectacled Mr. Baggy Sweaters, Sergio Marchionne,  also partied over their union with the remaining new Chrysler Corporation’s stock shares. The marriage... Read more »

2014 Subaru Forester + 2014 Toyota RAV4 AWD - DHS Compact Crossover Comparison

(TOP) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is far less the "box" it used to be. Though, the engine remains boxer in layout. Starting at $22,000 with 5-speed manual, a loaded Touring model with optional Eye-Sight Collision Avoidance runs $33,220.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): Swept back front of 2014 Toyota RAV4 makes it RAD4! In XLE AWD trim with Navigation the MSRP is $27,580<br>
What’s not to love about the compact cross-over utility vehicle?  Families are smaller these days. You say Fido is a St. Bernard? He’ll still have some sitting room in compact SUV. Equipped with rear-view cameras they are barely trickier to parallel park than a Smart For Two. Make that TWO Smart For Twos. Have you... Read more »

2014 Lexus GX460 - Dismissive of Snowfall Records - Review

Starting at $49,000, the three-row, 4-wheel drive 2014 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV can do some fine donuts in the snow.<br>  <br:As if the GX460 weren't already luxurious enough ours was the "Luxury" edition, driving the price to $62,000. <br>
Forty-seven days of snow fall this winter in Chicago. Seventy-four inches of total accumulation. And it ain’t over…YET! The 2014 Lexus GX460 3-row luxury mid Sport Utility Vehicle doesn’t mind it a bit. “Drive…He Said” hit the 4-wheel drive button located below the keyless start button. Flicking the transfer case lever on the center console to... Read more »
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2014 Ford Escape Titanium AWD - Parallel Parking Houdini - Video Review

2014 Ford Escape Titanium AWD - Parallel Parking Houdini - Video Review
Each time “Drive…He Said” ventures to Chicago city neighborhoods to satiate the thirst for the unique cultural offerings breathing quickens, collective palms and brows perspire profusely, and hearts nearly palpitate over the limited parking situation. Back-up cameras with passive park assistance are nice and becoming more common. Soon our federal D.O.T. may mandated these in... Read more »

2014 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD - Boost Me, Baby - Review

"Gems" and "Precious Metals" set this 2013 Ford Fusion premium mid-size family sedan apart from "ordinary Fusions."<br>  <br> "Ruby Red Metallic" is a $375 paint option. "Titanium" is the high-zoot edition which tacks on $11,000 to the price of a base Fusion SE.<br>  <br> The $37,000 MSRP of our tester omits only the kitchen sink and an available moon-roof and Driver's Alert. Otherwise virtually every adjustment aboard is power made...and many by voice commands. And there are high-tech drivers aids + conveniences galore. Count among them Active Park Assist, Blind Spot / Cross-Traffic Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Active Park Assist, Automatic High Beams, Intelligent Key, Multi-color ambient illumination, Remote Start, Comfort Keyless Ignition/ Entry, ETC. ETC.<br>
‘Tis the Season for Giving. Over at Ford Motor Co., CEO Alan Mulally owes Chris Hamilton big-time for his transformation of the Ford Fusion / Mondeo. Hamilton ought stuff a stocking hanging over the mantelpiece of Ian Callum, who penned the Aston Martin DB series, a major Fusion donor. But there are Ford Fusions, and... Read more »

2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S - Pac-Man Spelled With an "E" - Review

The new-for-2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S ALL4. It's for purists who thought jacking up and adding two side-doors to create the near CUV Countryman went too far.<br>  <br> This more intimate of Maxi-sized Mini Coopers starts at $28,900. Options like Steptronic automatic transmission, ALL4 all-wheel drive, xenon headlights, heated leather seats, power folding mirrors, Mini Connected with HDD navigation, 19" wheels, dual pane glass moon-roof, comfort keyless entry, HK premium sound, etc. etc takes this near-luxury compact SAV to the premium price of $39,800.<br>
“Drive…He Said” has found a  new use for Duct Tape: Turning a car into a carnivorous video game character. Pull the tape off the letter “E” and there’s the eighth model in the Mini car brand: The 2013 Mini Cooper Paceman. Excluding the Mini Cooper E [for limited market Electric] and the John Cooper Works... Read more »
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2013 Nissan Juke NISMO AWD - Frog Hopping the Gridiron - Review

Call it "Godzilla...extra,extra-light." New-for-2013 is Nissan's sportiest-for-the-masses personal crossover-ute. The Juke NISMO. Good for the Gridiron.<br>  <br>Starting at $22,900 for the front-drive 6-speed manual version. The fully optioned CVT all-wheel drive model tops out at $27,200, which, coincidentally is just undercuts the base price of the Mini Cooper Countryman S All4.<br>
You wouldn’t normally describe the amphibian Rana temporaria, aka the “Frog”, as particularly “Cute.” Unless you happen to be a 21-year-old to 30 something urban gal in search of a squatting, bug-eyed sub-compact crossover-utility vehicle. For the boys, whose interest in amphibians leans to more menacing creatures, for 2013 Nissan introduces a [mild] factory tuner... Read more »

2013 Lexus RX350 F-Sport - Expletive Make-Over of a "Chi-Chi" X-Over - Review

2013 Lexus RX350 F-Sport - Expletive Make-Over of a "Chi-Chi" X-Over - Review
Lexus likes being the Numero Uno selling luxury car-brand in the good ole U. S. of A. Lexus doesn’t like the ribbing it’s been taking over the years for offerings which isolated rather than communicated. Pampered rather than rewarded. Appending the “F-Sport” designation (derived from the Fuji Raceway in Japan) to the more athletic cars... Read more »

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD - We Mostly Knew Where This Was Headed - Brief Review

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Dedicated to families who prefer their crossovers to "maxi-minivans." <br>  <br>The $42,000 4WD Platinum guise sports, among other niceties, 20"-inch wheels, dual moon-roofs, blind sport warning, dual moonroof, HDD navigation, hands-free communications, and dual monitor theater entertainment with Bose audio and wireless headsets.<br>
First Nissan spoiled us late last year with its Infiniti JX35 luxury uni-body three-row crossover utility vehicle. You know the one that will get the name change to QX50 next year. Then they dump in our laps  “down-market” Tennessee kissin’ cousin, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD Platinum. No name change in sight for the Pathfinder. In... Read more »
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2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD and 2013 Audi A4 Quattro - For This Driving Dimension - Review / Comparison

Belles of the AWD compact luxury sport sedan ball. (Top to Bottom): The 2013 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro and the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD.
In another dimension drivers are as capable as a space-shuttle orbiter pilot.  Roads are dry as a bone. The only congestion on them is for those who have the sniffles. Occupants are light as feathers. Heavy cargo: there isn’t any. There the conventional wisdom of rear-wheel drive for optimal vehicle control works just fine. Reality... Read more »